Former Greenbrier and future Wichita State University baseball player Paxton Wallace was a part of the best Greenbrier teams in history and is now representing the school in Tuesday’s Arkansas High School Coaches All-Star games.
Wallace was recruited out of Greenbrier and will be a two-way player — a closer and a corner infielder — for the Shockers, a perennial national power.
He said he chose Wichita State because of a variety of factors.
“It just felt like home when I played there,” he said during Media Day Monday at the Farris Center. “Everything was where it should be. The coaches and facilities were great. Everything felt like it was falling into place there.”
Wallace said playing on a Greenbrier team that won a school record 31 games and fell one game short of the 5A state finals in a 5-4 loss to Magnolia on May 15.
“We had a new coach (Tye Glover) come in and he had a lot of life,” he said. “He made us come together as one and we set a school record for wins with 31 and it was a blessing to be a part of it all.
“I have a bunch of brothers now instead of teammates. We’re all going to remember this for the rest of our lives. We bonded and it was great.”
Wallace said losing that semifinal game to Magnolia was tough, but he stayed humble.
“It was heartbreaking to lose the last game, but we had a great season,” he said. “Sometimes, things don’t work out like you want them to.”
Wallace is not allowed to pitch until he reaches Wichita State in the fall, but he will represent Greenbrier in the field for Tuesday’s doubleheader at Bear Stadium.
“It’s incredible,” he said about representing Greenbrier. “I’ll do anything I can to represent the school the best way I can.”
After Tuesday’s All-Star Game doubleheader, Wallace said he will then focus on playing college baseball.
“I’m just preparing to start as a freshman,” he said. “I’m working my hardest to get to that point. We have some pretty good guys that are ahead of me right now that will be juniors next year. I’m going to try the best I can to fit in wherever I need to fit in at Wichita.”